Your album of 2019 (that was released before 2019)

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Similar to that classic albums that knocked you out thread, except they don't have to be famous or old, just not from 2019.

My undisputed winner is The Loud Family - Interbabe Concern (1996). A thrilling, endlessly inventive guitar pop odyssey that somehow isn't world-famous.

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Over to you all! This is ideally an OPO btw - make tough decisions please

imago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:17 (eight months ago) link

Oh and to be clear - you had to have first heard your choice this year

imago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:18 (eight months ago) link

Link Wray's 1971 self-titled record.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:21 (eight months ago) link

I'd never heard the 1972 album by Magic Carpet before 2019 - totally hits that sweet raga-folk spot for me:

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:21 (eight months ago) link

Richard Skelton - Landings (2009)

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:21 (eight months ago) link

Richard Dawson - Nothing Important.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:40 (eight months ago) link

somehow hadn't heard Jordan: The Comeback 'til earlier this year and now it's one of my favorite albums of all-time. so, that one.

redd kross's third eye is probably the runner-up.

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:42 (eight months ago) link

oor neechy and michael b's decade polls were very helpful, lots of albums people love to death that i hadn't heard (or heard of, in some cases)

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:42 (eight months ago) link

Ah, so the rest of the album did click then, Scik :)

imago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:44 (eight months ago) link

Bandcamp/Spotify links encouraged if you're willing btw

imago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:45 (eight months ago) link

the other people place: lifestyles of the laptop café (2001)
dillard & clark: the fantastic expedition of dillard & clark (1968)
blue öyster cult: the revölution by night (1983)
alice cooper: love it to death (1971)

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:53 (eight months ago) link

Probably the Ursula K. Leguin + Todd Barton album

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:56 (eight months ago) link

Arvo Pärt - Te Deum (the 1993 ECM release)

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:59 (eight months ago) link

oh add bob dylan self portrait and new morning to my list

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:00 (eight months ago) link

fumbling towards ecstasy & i feel like my love for it will somehow grow even more as we reach the bleak midwinter

überweiss, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:06 (eight months ago) link

Pram - Gash (1992) (pity about that Spiked business though eh)
Fra Lippo Lippi - In Silence (1981)

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:24 (eight months ago) link

probably this. unbelievably good and felt so happy to discover something i loved so instantly.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:31 (eight months ago) link

Probably Savath + Savalas's Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey. Right in my Chicago (via Catalonia) glitchy, post-rock sweet spot.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 19:48 (eight months ago) link

anna meredith is a genius

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 19:52 (eight months ago) link

Andy Irvine/Paul Brady - s/t
Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution
Pinback - s/t

The World According To.... (Michael B), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:30 (eight months ago) link

Handsworth Revolution is fantastic.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:32 (eight months ago) link

Exile on Main St.

jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:37 (eight months ago) link

xpost It might not count under LJ's strict ruling. I did hear it a few years ago but it wasn't until this year that I fell for it. Fantastic album indeed.

The World According To.... (Michael B), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:39 (eight months ago) link

Oh I guess I didn't first hear Exile this year, just finally fell for it hard

jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:43 (eight months ago) link

Boris - Akuma No Uta

MarkoP, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:46 (eight months ago) link

i have a few picks:

jon lucien — rashida
abdullah ibrahim — no fear, no die (s'en fout la mort)
terry callier — first light (which is technically a compilation, but still didn't hear it until recently)

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:46 (eight months ago) link


Fantastic collection of albums, BradNelson, would love to hear them all again for the first time...

henry s, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:47 (eight months ago) link


reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:19 (eight months ago) link

You hadn't heard it?

imago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:20 (eight months ago) link

i've heard it a time or two

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:26 (eight months ago) link

Thread is for albums you hadn't heard until this year

imago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:27 (eight months ago) link

Akiko Yano - Tadaima (thanks, WeWantSounds & YMO expert on the Hoffman Forums who directed me to this particular album and others in the family)

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:33 (eight months ago) link

i apologize, louis. i hadn't heard eric dolphy's iron man straight through till this year. holy fucking christ

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:38 (eight months ago) link

pet shop boys - actually

brimstead, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:55 (eight months ago) link

There's loads of ambient and classical stuff eligible for this, but the real answer is: Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:02 (eight months ago) link

nick nicely - Psychotropia

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:12 (eight months ago) link

I only know "hilly fields" by Nick Nicely but its a serious tune

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:32 (eight months ago) link

Insides - Euphoria

So great, makes me scorn Record Store Day a little less.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:41 (eight months ago) link

I'd never heard Bowie's "I'm Afraid Of Americans" single until this year, bloody brilliant.

I got Blossom Dearie's "Six Classic Albums" box of her 57-61 work this year, never heard it before and just fell in love with it over the summer.

Helium's "The Dirt Of Luck" and the singles comp "More Ends With And" were also new to me this year.

My mate pointed me towards Terrible Parade in the spring, totally missed this wonderful jangly 80s band back in the day, bought their only CD comp.

Just got Jansen/Barbieri's "Other Worlds In A Small Room" as well, wonderful ambient stuff.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:42 (eight months ago) link

By some distance it's Anais Mitchell's 'Hadestown' (the original 2010 album, not this year's album based on the Broadway production). I first heard it a few months before seeing the show in NY and it would not be in my top 5 albums of the 2010s. Its scope and its inventiveness continually astound me.

Tim F, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 02:05 (eight months ago) link

Low - Double Negative
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
The Church - Heyday

in that order, I think

Vinnie, Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:10 (eight months ago) link

Richard Skelton - Landings (2009)

― pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:21 (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

or something, Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:38 (eight months ago) link

Ahmad Jamal - Live at the Pershing: But Not For Me (1958)

sounds so modern in the way it breaks down into tight looping fragments and I love the drumming in particular - that deadened cavernous kick drum !

ogmor, Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:44 (eight months ago) link

Great to see all the love for Skelbo. Back when I was alive, I wrote about it for a daft indie site (looks like shit, but might be useful for context):

Life is a meaningless nightmare of string (Chinaski), Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:45 (eight months ago) link

Broadcast’s Tender Buttons has been on constant rotation for me since the prev. decade albums poll.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 7 November 2019 12:56 (eight months ago) link

yeah that was a good one

imago, Thursday, 7 November 2019 12:58 (eight months ago) link

Shelleyan Orphan - Helleborine
Sea Nymphs
Standish/Carlyon - Deleted Scenes

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 8 November 2019 17:14 (eight months ago) link

Hydroplane - S/T

Evan, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:13 (eight months ago) link

Probably Electrelane No Shouts No Calls - hat tip to the lone #1 voter for it in the 2000s album poll. Some of the songs on here could be the missing link between Sonic Youth and Stereolab and Chastity Belt.

o. nate, Friday, 22 November 2019 02:58 (seven months ago) link

david grubbs - creep mission ... thought it were released in september (2019), but lo, it came out in 2017. it's so brief and varied (and golden) that i'll listen to it 2-3 times at any given point.

Lowell N. Behold'n, Friday, 22 November 2019 03:15 (seven months ago) link

Jeez, I don't know. Mike Oldfield's "Incantations"? American Football's s/t? L'Orfeo? The soundtrack to Armed Police Batrider? Clifford Jordan's "Glass Bead Games"? Dogbowl's "Cyclops Nuclear Submarine Captain"? 13 Blue Magic Lane? "Like a Hurricane" by Rex Inferi?

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Friday, 22 November 2019 04:43 (seven months ago) link

new Arthur Russell

Book Doula (sleeve), Friday, 22 November 2019 04:50 (seven months ago) link

the Hydroplane s/t is fucking amazing

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 22 November 2019 05:10 (seven months ago) link

The Open Mind of John D. Loudermilk

Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 November 2019 05:48 (seven months ago) link

"Dislocation Blues" by Chris Whitley and Jeff Lang released 2007.

earlnash, Friday, 22 November 2019 06:01 (seven months ago) link

nice JDL selection, jf !!

budo jeru, Friday, 22 November 2019 07:12 (seven months ago) link

second Iowa Dream - Arthur Russell

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 22 November 2019 07:32 (seven months ago) link

steve earle - transcandental blues

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 22 November 2019 21:21 (seven months ago) link

Dogbowl's "Cyclops Nuclear Submarine Captain"

― Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:43 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Good one!

Evan, Friday, 22 November 2019 21:27 (seven months ago) link

Shimmy Disc stuff in general has not been "rediscovered" yet it seems

Evan, Friday, 22 November 2019 21:28 (seven months ago) link

Exile on Main St.

― jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:37 PM

Yes! I've never been super into the Stones besides like knowing the hits and all. After seeing the thread revives maybe sometime around spring this year, I went all in on the record and i just totally adore it. Topped off by it soundtracking an awesome night of drinking during summer vacation.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 22 November 2019 21:41 (seven months ago) link

I've been aware of the Pop Ambient compilations for years, but I've never actually bought one until this year - I heard Leandro Fresco's "Buenos Amigos" on Sleepbot and picked up Pop Ambient 2003, and it's great. There are three killer tracks (Markus Guentner's "Express Yourself" and Klimek's "Milk and Honey") and the rest are solid. It even has a decent track by the modern-day Orb. Admittedly it's a multi-artist compilation rather than a proper album.

I find that the Pop Ambient compilations have an melancholic air. They're a throwback to the tail end of the glitch music boom of the late 1990s (the music is generally ambient-flavoured "glitch lite", e.g. "it sounds nice", and the production is a lot simpler than Autechre). The original concept is now years out of date, as if the NME had continued to release C86 updates well into the 1990s, but it persists. One day it will come to an end. There may, or may not, be a short article in The Guardian about the series, but otherwise it will vanish from the Earth without leaving a trace.

They PA albums are full of artists who released a couple of things on Kompakt in 2001-2005 and then presumably ran out of money and stopped. In 2019 there's probably masses of equally good music, but because it's not pressed onto records that are sold in shops with a marketing push I'm probably never going to hear about it. I have never met anyone in real life who knew of Arovane or Ulrich Schnauss. The irony is that music magazines are more indispensable than ever, because someone has to sift through the modern internet's detritus to find the good stuff, but music magazines are in the shitter.

Of the actual albums I bought this year the one that stands out most is Tides by Arovane (2000), mainly for nostalgia - it's derivative and frustratingly misguided but a couple of tracks stand out - and the "Subtemble / Beachfires" EP by Burial (2017), which feels like a terrific update of Orb-style ambient music, e.g. it's a bunch of samples thrown together seemingly at random but it's atmospheric and actually does sound like fires on a beach at night next to a temple.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 22 November 2019 22:25 (seven months ago) link

pet shop boys - actually

To expand upon this a bit, I’ve only recently started listening to PSB albums and... great great album act! I think I even like them better as an “album artist” than a “singles artist”, if that makes any damn sense.

brimstead, Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:18 (seven months ago) link

Prefab Sprout - Jordan: The Comeback
one of my fave bands ~1987-1989 that i just lost track of by the time this came out and didn't listen to until a motivating Brad post earlier this year.

the Byrds - Untitled

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:34 (seven months ago) link

nice JDL selection, jf !!

― budo jeru, Friday, November 22, 2019 2:12 AM

Thanks! I never really knew much about him until after he died a few years ago, and I'd started listening to a little here and there. Then I got a copy of this record for a steal and have listened to it SO MANY TIMES.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:05 (seven months ago) link

Shimmy Disc stuff in general has not been "rediscovered" yet it seems

― Evan

i ran across it looking for rock albums with clarinet on it only to find out daryl dragon was all over it?!? and this was two days after daryl dragon died, too. it was pretty spooky.

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:30 (seven months ago) link

I feel silly for only having heard it for the first time this year, but Sleater-Kinney's The Hot Rock has defined the second half of this year for me. It was unbelievable to have become familiar with the band through their louder, more extravagent records, and then discover this. It was as loud and fast as their other records, but it sounded so wounded and introverted and outright sad... I can't get over how startling it is

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:42 (seven months ago) link

A few stick out:

DJ Healer - Nothing 2 Loose
US Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
Sun-El Musician - Africa to the World

octobeard, Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:48 (seven months ago) link

All three I found through the ILM Albums list too so thanks everyone! Would have made my top 10 had I heard them sooner.

octobeard, Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:50 (seven months ago) link

Def the Bobbie Gentry jazz album that came out on her boxed set

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:31 (seven months ago) link

does that have “thunder in the afternoon”? is that song available anywhere besides dodgy comps?

brimstead, Saturday, 23 November 2019 05:47 (seven months ago) link

octobeard, have you tried Simmy’s Tugela Fairy? It’s produced by Sun-El Musician and even better than Africa to the World imo.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 23 November 2019 14:33 (seven months ago) link

oor neechy and michael b's decade polls were very helpful

This is otm, between these and you, imago, getting into Scott Miller (thereby causing me to re-read his book Music: What Happened?) it really set the pace for a lot of my listening this year. If I had to narrow it down to one album, it would absolutely be Thin White Rope's Exploring the Axis. Like a goth Grateful Dead, except it actually sounds more like Talking Heads than either goth or the Dead!

(Close runner-up is Frozen Concentrate's A•Fro•Zen•Con•Cent•Rate, which is 100% unstreamable and which I barely could find on $l$k, though I guess the vinyl still goes for pretty cheap. It's totally glittering college pop, somewhere between Fleetwood Mac and Lizzy Mercier Descloux)

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 24 November 2019 05:11 (seven months ago) link

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